By Sam Poe
Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 11:10 AM
Photo Courtesy of NWS Birmingham
The National Weather Service is preparing Haleyville and the surrounding communities for a potential of severe weather during Thursday’s overnight hours. The latest updates show that the weather will approach our area just ahead of a cold front around 3:00 a.m. Friday. At this time, the main threat will be damaging straight-line winds. All severe weather should be cleared from the area by noon Friday. Due to the time frame for this weather situation, please have a reliable source for severe weather notification that will wake you from sleep. Weather radios are the most reliable, as the notifications are issued directly from the National Weather Service as soon as the watch/warning is issued.
With this potential for severe weather, Haleyville Mayor Ken Sunseri and Bear Creek Mayor Connie Bishop have been preparing all departments for the situation. Both mayors stated all emergency vehicles have been fueled up and equipment has been checked and prepared for response if needed. In Bear Creek, the basement of the Bobby Bishop Community Center will open as a shelter if ANY watches are issued for Marion County. In Haleyville, all storm shelters will open if a TORNADO Watch is issued. Storm shelters in Haleyville are located downtown at the Safe Center, directly behind the Neighborhood Facilities Building, at the Haleyville Airport, in South Haleyville at the Scout Hut, and behind Pinkard Funeral Home at the Dixie Youth Baseball Fields. Also, please remember no pets will be allowed in any of these shelters.
Another helpful reminder is to secure items at your home or place of business. Straight line winds are expected to be the main threat in this system, and they can be just as damaging as tornadoes. Common items to secure would be garbage cans and lids, yard signs, trampolines, and patio furniture. These are commonly displaced during high winds, and they can also cause additional damage to your home or business if they are blown into glass.